Sunday, April 16, 2006


So many people are so quick to judge. I think the job of pastor is very hard. I think we need to give grace to our pastors. Help them as we can. Be truthful. Encourage them. Pray for them. Be Patient. Be kind. Talk to them, not about them. Be willing to accept that just because you did not like the sermon, that sermon may have been just what most of the congregation needed to hear!
If you have ideas that could help your pastor improve worship and church programs share them! Be willing to help make changes. Pray before during and after the pastor's sermon that God's will would be accomplished through the message. Pray for people to accept God's challenges of growth toward Christ.

Excerpts from: THE OFFICE OF PASTOR:
From this we see God expects His pastors to -
==>seek Him
==>inquire of Him
==>require Him - which is to petition Him in prayer.

We also see that He expects, as a consequence of doing this, that they will -
==>conduct themselves wisely
==>ensure that the flock stays together in unity.

God's expectation of pastors
Ezekiel also provides us with a similar understanding of God's expectation for His pastors. He writes,
"Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?'" Ezekiel 34:2 - NKJV.
What does God expect from His shepherds, His pastors? He expects them to spiritually feed (that is, nourish) God's people.
Ezekiel continues,
"The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them." Ezekiel 34:4 - NKJV.
From these two verses from Ezekiel we see that God expects his pastors to -
==>feed the sheep
==>strengthen the feeble
==>heal the sick
==>bandage the hurt
==>bring back those driven away
==>seek those who are lost.

So from this we see the pastor - who is the overseer of the flock - must watch out for his members' souls. This is bound to involve at times exhorting against sin. Exhortation usually involves correction - a call to dispense with the bad or less than best in order to take hold of God's best for you. Correction isn't easy to take but it is necessary. Those who accept it and are improved by it will receive a good reward. Heb.12:9-11.

A promise of pastors
God clearly expects a lot of His pastors but He doesn't leave them to do it on their own in their own strength and sufficiency. (Phil.4:13; 2 Cor.3:4-6)
In Jeremiah God gives a wonderful prophecy,
"I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge (of God) and understanding (of His ways)." Jeremiah 3:15 - NKJV. [Words in parenthesis are mine]

Other roles for the pastor?
You also asked me about the boundaries of the pastor's duties. I think God's job description of the office of pastor - as we have seen it here through scripture - sets well the boundaries of his duties.
In a given church situation, however, the pastor may have to take on other roles besides that of pastor. His challenge is then to maintain the effectiveness of his pastoral role in the face of the pressure on time made by the other roles.
At times the congregation may have to be confronted with the time and role problems a pastor may be having and together they'll have to look for a solution. In such a case, you have a situation very similar to the one we see faced by the apostles and the church as it is recorded in Acts 6:1-7.
May the people of God be blessed with pastors according to the Lord's own heart!

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